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A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin
Never pretty enough to please her gorgeous mother, Allie will do anything to gain her approval–even marry a man she doesn’t love. Lt. Walter Novak–fearless in the cockpit but hopeless with women–takes his last furlough at home in California before being shipped overseas. Walt and Allie meet at a wedding and their love of music draws them together, prompting them to begin a correspondence that will change their lives. As letters fly between Walt’s muddy bomber base in England and Allie’s mansion in an orange grove, their friendship binds them together. But can they untangle the secrets, commitments, and expectations that keep them apart?
A Distant Melody is the first book in the WINGS OF GLORY series, which follows the three Novak brothers, B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force stationed in England during World War II.
From the Inside Flap
EXCERPT FROM CATALOG “That pilot has a little crush on you.” “Nonsense.” Her hand went in circles, but her mind fixed on an impossible truth. A crush would explain his attentiveness and also his awkwardness during the ceremony–he’d be embarrassed to have a crush on a woman who was spoken for. “I think it’s sweet he has a crush on you.” “Don’t be silly. No one’s ever had a crush on me.” “No one? What about Baxter?” “Baxter?” Allie divided the last bit of cake. “That’s different. We’ve been together so long.” Yet four and a half years with Baxter Hicks had never generated a fraction of the emotions she’d experienced in one week with Walter Novak. Walter Novak, who crossed the room, his gaze and smile locked on Allie. Walter Novak, who took her hand, led her away from Louise and the cake and Allie’s own good reason, and drew her into his strong arms. Walter Novak, who looked at her as if she were lovely and special. All her life Allie had longed for the look in his hazel eyes, but she never guessed how splendid it was to truly feel lovely and special. His attraction sank deep in her soul, exhilarating and dangerous and enriching.